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Laslo Boyd: Goodbye Stephen

By: Laslo Boyd  This is a sad day for Stephen Colbert’s countless fans. Tonight’s edition of the Colbert Report will be the last one. Sometime next year, he will start his new gig on the Late Show, replacing David Letterman. While the new venue will undoubtedly provide Colbert with the opportunity to develop new comedic riffs, it just won’t be the same. Along with the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Colbert has brought the venerable art form of political satire into the 21st century. It takes nothing away from Will Rogers, Thomas Nast or even Garry Trudeau to observe that Colbert and Stewart are today’s “Gold Standard” of how to skewer politicians and oversized-ego celebrities (Is that redundant?). Some media critics have coined the term “fake news” to characterize both shows. Having applied that label, some then go on to bemoan the fact that many young adults seem to view Colbert and... Continue reading
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Sarah Hemminger and Rodney Foxworth – Thread (Part 2)

Sarah Hemminger and Rodney Foxworth – Thread (Part 2) from Center MD:Inside Out on Vimeo. Sarah Hemminger, founder of Thread, and Rodney Foxworth, a Thread board member, continue their conversation with Center Maryland about the Baltimore City nonprofit, which helps underperforming students achieve academic and personal growth through a close-knit family of volunteers. Sarah also discusses the convergence of events that inspired her to establish the nonprofit in 2004.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Lisa Harris Jones brings guests on the show to have in-depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland.  Lisa Harris Jones is an attorney at law and lobbyist and member and founder of Harris Jones & Malone, LLC.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Cold New Reality for Montgomery County

By: Josh Kurtz  That cold wind howling past the Montgomery County Conference Center early Friday morning served as a perfect metaphor for the chilly new reality the county is facing in Annapolis over the next few years. The annual breakfast of the group Committee for Montgomery – billed as the unofficial kickoff to the General Assembly session and traditionally a time for Montgomery County’s 1,000 most important people to celebrate themselves – was about to begin, and the ennobled masses shuffled into the conference center at the ungodly hour of 7 a.m. for a smorgasbord of schmooze and to get their first glimpses of the man most of them had voted against, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R). The takeaway, though largely unspoken: We’re screwed. It wasn’t just what Hogan said, though that was certainly part of it. It was the sense that Montgomery County is once again headed into a gun battle... Continue reading
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Sarah Hemminger and Rodney Foxworth – Thread

Sarah Hemminger, founder of Thread, and Rodney Foxworth, a Thread board member, explain how the Baltimore City nonprofit helps underperforming students achieve academic success and personal growth through a close-knit family of volunteers. Thread’s 100% program retention and graduate rates speak to the success of this unique nonprofit model.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Lisa Harris Jones brings guests on the show to have in-depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland.  Lisa Harris Jones is an attorney at law and lobbyist and member and founder of Harris Jones & Malone, LLC.... Continue reading
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Donald Fry: Minority business growth driven by the private sector

By: Donald C. Fry  The more than 230 business executives who attended the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Bridging the Gap minority business awards on December 8 got a first-hand glimpse of why the private sector – not government – is a primary driver of minority business growth. For most of the seven minority-owned and woman-owned 2014 Bridging the Gap Award winners who were honored for outstanding business achievement, their success is rooted in relationships with private-sector customers and partners. For example, award winners for business achievement by minority-owned or woman-owned firms include Sue Ann’s Office Supply, whose owner, Beverly Williams-Trimble, has quietly grown her fledgling company into a widely-known regional supplier of products ranging from printing supplies to office machines and furniture. There’s Juxtopia, a cutting-edge firm out of Baltimore City’s Emerging Technology Center founded 12 years ago by IT engineer Dr. Jayfus Doswell. Juxtopia’s products include a goggle-like wearable training and... Continue reading
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